Saturday, March 24, 2012

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Starting over sucks. When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up. And then he opened his mouth. Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens. The hot alien living next door marks me. You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. If I don't kill him first, that is. (summary from Goodreads)

Obsidian is an action packed thrilling read that should not be missed, full of sexy aliens, terrifying battles, and steamy romance.

Three years after her father's death, Katy's mother relocates the two of them to a small town in West Virginia for a new start. Katy isn't expecting much and plans to lose herself in her reading and blogging. She certainly never expected her next door neighbours, twins Dee and Daemon. Dee is sweet and her and Katy hit it off immediately. Daemon? Not so much. While pretty much the hottest guy Katy has ever laid eyes on, he is also a complete douche with an arrogant attitude. For reasons Katy can't even begin to comprehend Daemon seems to hate her on sight and is determined to keep her away from Dee. Dee has other ideas however, working hard to ensure Katy and Daemon get along. Weird things keep happening the more time Katy spends with the both of them...things she can't explain. After Daemon saves her life Katy becomes privy to a truth she never could have imagined. Daemon and Dee are aliens, known as Luxen, hiding on Earth from another race of aliens, the Arum, who are determined to track and kill every last one of them. Being witness to Daemon's power has marked Katy for every Arum to see and places her in grave danger...so much so that she has no choice but to stay close to Daemon until the mark fades. But once it does will she be able to stay away from Daemon?

For me, Obsidian was like a breath of fresh air and I couldn't get enough of it! From start to finish I was completely in love with Armentrout's story and characters, and so it's no surprise that this was another one sitting read. I don't think I could've stopped reading even if an alien invasion occurred...unless maybe one of those aliens was Daemon! Va-va-voom! But more of that later. Seriously, I needed this book at just this time. Sci-fi rather than paranormal, a romance I could truly appreciate, a completely gripping storyline, and bad guys that gave me the chills...everything about Obsidian is one giant enthusiastic YES!

I didn't mention a sassy, absolutely relatable, awesome heroine...well, meet Katy. Katy earns major points just for being a book blogger! Kudos to Armentrout for this, because as a blogger and total book lover, Katy's blogging talk had me giggling in appreciation - I couldn't help but adore her. It's more than my relating to her on that level though. Katy is just such a brilliant, developed, and realistic character. I love that finding out the truth about her neighbours sent her running, for instance, and that she never puts up with Daemon's attitude but gives as good as she gets. The spaghetti incident! A big woohoo for that! So many times I wanted to cheer out loud for Katy...as it is, I never could quite wipe the grin off my face! And speaking of Daemon...wow. I'm tempted to give this boy a paragraph all his own...but here's the thing. He leaves me speechless. I was a big puddle of melted goo over Daemon while reading Obsidian and I've never quite recovered enough, especially in order to put into words what I think of him. Well. I have words...like "hot", and "yum", and "guh", and "drool" - but my ability to string them into anything coherent is shot. I am in love. That's the best I can do. Daemon is the bad guy we're all instantly attracted to, despite the asshole attitude. And he has that in spades, let me tell you. But deep down there is a heart of gold, and no one can be fooled by the attitude after his protectiveness towards his twin sister, Dee, becomes apparent. As is usual, I was completely won over by the relationships of the book too.

Daemon and Dee's sibling relationship is a definite favourite, both hilarious and heartwarming. I loved how different they were but that they'd do anything for the other. Add to this Dawson's backstory and it makes sense. The relationships that define Obsidian however are those that both Dee and Daemon have with Katy. Dee and Katy's friendship is pure adorableness and uplifting...as well as a catalyst for much of the story. Daemon and Katy's is, in a word, volatile. In more words? Steamy. Explosive. Sexy. Much like Daemon himself, their relationship leaves me flabbergasted. I felt like I could combust at any second reading their scenes! When they're not trying to rip each others clothes off, they're at each others throats. I loved every second of their relationship. Their attraction simmers, their connection undeniable, but I love most that their romance is still ongoing. There's honest to God development...heck, by the end it's still simply developing! For this alone Obsidian gets a full rating.

Armentrout's story is just as attention grabbing as her characters and their relationships. I loved the details of her aliens - their powers, their history, their relationships. None of it felt too out there, and for the most part gave it a sense of believability. Certainly I never found myself rolling my eyes or just shrugging and taking it as part of the story, as it were. I will say though that I didn't feel like anything new and original was in play - much of the alien elements reminded me of other books or TV shows, but this isn't a complaint. Obsidian is thoroughly enjoyable overall and worth reading if it sounds appealing to you. As I said earlier, I couldn't put this book down. Every moment just built the tension until an absolutely heartpounding and breathtaking climax. It's so action packed that there's no time to think, you just go along for the ride and it's definitely one to keep you on the edge. The Arum play a big part in this, as the villains of the story and of the Luxen. Shadows to their light, these guys were the epitome of creepy and dark. They made my skin crawl - and I do love that. It's another layer of intensity to this amazing story.

I don't think I can further praise Obsidian without sounding like a broken record. This is such an addicting read and I'm desperately waiting for the release of Onyx. Obsidian is a book to get lost in...you'll never want to be found.

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Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Published date: 29 November 2011
Pages: 287
Format: Kindle edition
Series: Lux, book 1

Challenges: 2012 TBR Reading Pile Challenge;

7 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! I so need to read this! I had no idea the main heroine of this story was a book blogger, and one with a kick-ass attitude, too! How absolutely wonderful <3 Thanks so much for your enthusiastic review, hon :) I am bumping this book to the top of my list! all thanks to you <3

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    1. I hope you do and that you enjoy it! I did get a little giddy about this one. ;-) I blame Daemon! I really loved that Katy was a blogger, she's just hilarious! I'll be sure to keep a look out for your review once you read it...it'll be great to see what you think! It's simply a fun read all round! :-D

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    2. Thanks so much for replying to my comment! I love when people take the time to do that <3 You rock! I already got myself an eCopy of this book and will definitely be reading it soon! :)

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    3. And here I go with the blushing again! :-D I try to reply to every comment as people take the time to share their thoughts...sometimes it takes a while though, as you can see!

      I'm so glad you got a copy! I hope you enjoy it as much as me...I know there's been mixed reviews. Definitely let me know what you think! I'll be sure to keep an eye out for your review! :-D

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  2. Addicting is right! I enjoyed this book a lot and I'm glad you did too. Sassy is a really good word to describe Katy, ha. What a great review!

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    1. Thank you! It's just such an amazing and fun read, I couldn't help but enjoy it! I adored Katy, and sassy is the first word that came to mind! :-D

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  3. I was really excited about this book ever since I read Half-Blood by the same author and the raving reviews made me want to read it even more. In many ways, the book is exactly what I expected. I liked Katy, I think my only gripe with her was the gratuitous mentions of his various states of undress. It was to the point where I went, "Okay, I get it, he's hot." I was kind of confused on the bit where he was like "we copied what we saw" because I took it to mean he stole someone else's looks but upon re-read, I think he meant they copied the genetic code and behaviour of humans. Right? Because I think it would be pretty unsettling to see your doppelgänger especially if he's an alien.

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